Tips for Ingrown Hair Removal
If you have ever noticed sore looking little bumps on your skin after you have shaved, then you know what ingrown hairs are. As well as being uncomfortable, they are unpleasant to look at, especially if they are on areas of the body that can be seen. So what can be done to get rid of them? And how to do you go about ingrown hair removal?
How ingrown hairs occur
An ingrown hair can happen due to a number of situations. The most common is where dead skin blocks the pore of the skin and prevent the hair from growing naturally. The hair turns inwards and creates a small, sore bump. These bumps can become infected and may be itchy or look bright red. There are can even be pus inside the little bumps that needs to come out.
Both men and women experience ingrown hairs, most commonly after shaving. Men find them on their cheeks, neck and chin most often. Women notice them on their armpits, legs and other areas after shaving or waxing.
Ingrown hair removal
Ingrown hair removal may sound a bit uncomfortable but it is much better than those horrible, sore lumps. There are some great products available to help with it but the key to using them all is the preparation. Don’t be tempted just to pull out the hair as this can make the infection worse and you may not get the root of the hair so it will grow back.
If you have an infection in the area, you may want to use some anti-inflammatory cream for a few days before attempting removal. Hydrocortisone cream is one example but your local chemist will be able to advise you on what is best. By taking down the inflammation, you can better access the hair.
Once the infection has settled somewhat, then you can start by exfoliating the area. This removes dead skin which is a top cause of these conditions and prepares the area for the hair removal techniques. Though you will need to look at some treatment for ingrown hair.
To start with, use a warm compress to soften the skin. This just needs to be a facecloth run under warm water and pressed to the area of the ingrown hair. Do this for around five minutes, refreshing the water if it starts to cool. This softens the skin and makes it easier to remove the hair. It also brings the hair to the surface – if you can’t see the hair, you may need to leave the compress in place for another 5 minutes.
Sterilise a pair of tweezers to ensure you don’t bring a new infection into the area. Then gently coax the hair out of the skin with the tweezers until the end comes loose. Flat tipped tweezers are best for the job because sharp, pointed ones can bore into the skin and cause a fresh problem. Once the end of the hair is loose, you can gently pull the whole hair out of the skin.
If you didn’t have an anti-inflammatory cream before the process, it might be worth using one now as the space left by the hair is open to infection. You can also use an anti-biotic ointment to help clear any infection or even consult a doctor if you think there could be a more serious problem.
Finally, try to avoid shaving or waxing the area for 3-4 week or until the area is healed. Otherwise you may aggravate the area once more and find more ingrown hairs have appeared. Don’t use any harsh beauty products on the area either as the skin will be a bit tender for a while after the ingrown hair removal.